World War 2 Nicholas Winton married and started his own family. He never
spoke about what he had achieved - he simply kept it secret. 'His children' also got on with their
lives and had no idea who was responsible for their rescue. It was only
in 1987 the story of Winton emerged when his wife Greta came across some
records of the evacuations with lists of the children and letters from
Today Nicholas Winton, one of the unsung heroes of World War Two, is
known as the Oskar Schindler of Britain, and he is revered as the father
who saved scores of 'his children' from the Nazi death camps.
Nicholas Winton is now ninety-seven and resides in Maidenhead,
Great Britain. He was honored with the title of Member of the British
Empire (MBE) in 1983 for his charitable work with the elderly,
mainly the establishment of the Abbeyfield Houses. In 2003, Nicholas Winton received a knighthood from
Queen Elizabeth II. He was also awarded the honor of "Righteous
Among The Nations" - an award given to a small number of non-Jews
who helped rescue Jews from the horrors of the Holocaust. He is only one
of three Britons to have received the award.
Czechoslovakia, he was awarded the Freedom of the City of Prague, and on
October 28, 1998, Vaclav Havel, President of the Czech Republic, awarded
him the Order of T. G. Marsaryk in a grand ceremony in Hradcany Castle.
On October 9, 2007, Sir Nicholas
Winton was awarded the Czech Republic's highest military decoration, The
Cross Of The 1st Class.
Jewish refugee children
- members of the first Kindertransport